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POLICE CONCERNS FOR MISSING PENSIONER

missingpersontotland2A large-scale search and rescue operation is underway today to locate a pensioner who has gone missing from Totland, West Wight.

Police are asking local residents to keep an eye out and to check places where somebody could hide as concerns grow for missing 70-year-old Tony Gillet, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

Mr Gillet went missing at around 19:00 yesterday evening (Friday) from a rest home in Totland, however he has not been seen since.

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missingpersontotlandSearch operatives from WightSAR and HampshireSAR have joined officers from Hampshire Constabulary in the search, which is also being assisted by National Police Air Support (NPAS) helicopter from Redhill in Surrey, which was reported to be searching the area in the early hours of this morning by Island Echo reader Carrie-Anne Lane.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police urgently on 999.

UPDATE @ 12:23 – Mr Gillet has been found safe and well by a member of the public this morning as search and rescue crews are stood down.

The search, which involved WightSAR, the Needles Coastguard and Police has been concluded and Mr Gillet is being assessed by paramedics.

Hampshire SAR were also due to assist in the search, however were stood down whilst traveling to the Island.

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